I guess I don't agree with most of you guys. This Sunday afternoon would have been a good time to go out in something more than the light air typically found on the bay. 20 knots, gusting to 30 would allow you to test the number 3 with 2 reefs in the main. We sail year round and look for these conditions in fall, winter & spring. Our S&S 37 loves this kind of weather. See for yourself. Varsity Sailing - YouTube
My understanding is that the OP wanted to go out and sail in Irene since it's only
a cat. 1 hurricane... that's only
85mph... I wouldn't think most boats really love that much at all.